KUALA LUMPUR May 3 Malaysia Airlines will add
11 new routes and embark on a hiring spree by year-end amid a
boost in demand from international customers, Chief Executive
Peter Bellew said on Wednesday.
The Malaysian national carrier is in the midst of a
turnaround after suffering two tragedies in 2014 - when Flight
MH370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing mysteriously disappeared, and
Flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down in
Bellew said the number of routes being introduced now was
the most in a single year in the airline's history, and that the
company was evaluating at least 26 more routes that could be
introduced by 2018.
The airline, he said, was seeing an increase in customers in
Asia, particularly from China, India and Australia, despite a
fall in the number of fliers to Europe and the United States.
Malaysia Airlines was looking to hire more staff towards the
end of this year and add several wide-body aircraft to its
fleet. However, he did not discuss on how many jobs would be
The company was de-listed from the Kuala Lumpur Stock
Exchange in 2014, and had removed around 6,000 jobs, at least a
third of its workforce, at the peak of the airline's crisis in
"Business is very good at the moment... business on the
international front is extremely strong," he told reporters in
Putrajaya, Malaysia's administrative capital.
"We need more pilots, more crew, engineers and everything."
Last month, Bellew told Reuters the airline was looking to
lease between six and eight Airbus A330s or Boeing
777s for use from 2018 and another seven to nine aircraft
The company aims at a return to profitability by 2018, and a
stock market listing again in March the following year.
(Reporting by Rozanna Latiff; Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)